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Exploiting Black Labor After the Abolition of Slavery

Kathy Roberts Forde, Bryan Bowman
The Conversation
The exploitation of Black convict labor by the penal system and industrialists was central to southern politics and economics of the era. It was a carefully crafted answer to Black progress during Reconstruction – highly visible and widely known.

Let's Get to Work

Erik Forman
Jacobin
"Salting" built the early American labor movement -- and it can revive it today.

Dakota Access Pipeline Fight May Open New Chapter of Indian-Federal Conflict

Gabrielle Gurley
The American Prospect
The web of conflicts that has enveloped the Trump administration has ensnared the pipeline project, too. The Guardian has reported that Trump has invested in the company building the pipeline, and that Energy Transfer Partners' CEO Kelcy Warren contributed both to Trump's presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee.

Spain: Podemos at the Crossroads

Denis Rogatyuk
Green Left Weekly
The structure of Vistalegre II (citizens' assembly) is mainly focused on three major votes that will decide the party’s political makeup — the election of its 62-member, country-wide Citizens Assembly, the election of the General Secretary and adoption of four main documents that relate to party’s organisation, political orientation, ethics and gender equality.

Local Progressives Continue Working Toward 'Political Revolution'

Richie Davis
The Recorder
FCCPR, a grass-roots effort that morphed out of the Pioneer Valley for Bernie (Sanders) organization last summer, turned its emphasis from "get out the vote" to long-range issues. "We said, 'We'll stick together and work on issues long-term,'" said Cohen. Seven task forces have been meeting every couple of weeks to actively advance their seven areas of concern, including civil rights, education, electoral politics and workers' ri

Turkey’s Top Kurdish Politician Faces 143 Years in Jail

Sibel Hurtas
Al-Monitor
In April, Turkish voters will vote in a national referendum designed to deliver unprecedented power to President Recip Erdogan. Yet, the most articulate opponent of this “executive presidency” is in custody facing an indictment on “terrorism” and a 143-year jail term. And the trial of Selahattin Demirtas, Turkey’s premier Kurdish politician and leader of the progressive opposition to the increasingly authoritarian Erdogan won’t be held until after the referendum.

Friday Nite Videos -- February 10, 2016

Portside
Six Patriots Players Refusing to Go to the White House. Everybody Knows | Leonard Cohen. Senator Elizabeth Warren Reacts to Being Silenced. Sean Spicer Press Conference (Melissa McCarthy). #TrumpLiesMatter: Trump National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn Spoke With Russia About Sanctions.

NYT: Unlike Russian Wars, US Wars ‘Promote Freedom and Democracy’

Adam Johnson
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
Trump evokes America’s sins not to challenge them, but to apologize for those of the Russian president and, preemptively, his own. But to insist that the United States is, in fact, on a higher moral plane than Russia serves to legitimize our government’s crimes.

100+ Marches for Science, One Global Map

Lindzi Wessel
Science magazine
The marches will be not just for scientists, but for “anyone who believes in empirical science,” the organizers emphasize on the March for Science web page. The demonstrations are meant to be a celebration of science, they say, as well as “a call to support and safeguard the scientific community.”

Whatever We Really Want

David Moolten
Spillway 24
For Valentine's Day, Philadelphia poet David Moolten's poem--for better or worse--says it all.

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